IW Morsel – Form or Effect

In the spiritual way of life we do not live by form or effect.

I Stand On Holy Ground


By Joel Goldsmith

From-Conscious Union With God

By Joel Goldsmith

P. 62

From-No Mental Cause for Disease

It shocked me to learn that error is not result of a person’s thinking because I had always been taught that disease is caused by wrong thinking, but I discovered in the first year of my practice that this is not true. How could a baby suffer because his parents were indulging in wrong thinking? No, he suffers from universal beliefs which his parents do not know how to handle. People do not contract colds, “flu,” and polio in their “seasons” because of their wrong thinking: These are universal beliefs which they do not know how to meet, and if they cling only to this God-is-love business without learning how to handle these beliefs, they will be as badly off as if they had never discovered that God is love.

The weakness in metaphysical practice is that most metaphysicians like to talk about how wonderful God is, but dislike intensely telling anyone what to do about the appearance of sin and disease. Would there be a single person experiencing lust, animality, fear, or false appetite, if he knew how to deal with it? There is a law of God that annuls these, but you must know what that law is. Just saying, “God is love,” does not do it because we already have too much of that in the world—even among people who are sure that God is love.

Never forget that every evil circumstance in your life can be prevented. Nobody is a victim of anything but his ignorance of the laws of life. God never intended anyone to suffer from old age; God never intended that there be cripples, alcoholics, or drug addicts, and there is no reason in the world why there are, except that the world has never learned how to meet these problems and destroy them in human belief.

Evil does not exist as a God-created thing. God does not punish people even though the old Hebraic law taught that the sins of the fathers shall be visited upon the children. When the Hebrews saw how unjust such a law was, however, they rescinded it two hundred years later: “…they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.” Yes, they learned three or four thousand years ago not to accept such a cruel idea as that the sins of the fathers are visited upon the children, and certainly we should be at least that far advanced. And yet we have accepted laws of heredity which bind us to the belief that the ills of the father are visited on the children, the grandchildren, and the great-grandchildren. We must rise higher that that, and we can make a beginning by understanding that there is a law of God in operation in individual and collective being, in individuals and in groups, races, and nations.